Aereos Family of Companies Donated to the MS Society at Events Held at Recent ACPC in Orlando, Florida
At the recent Air Carriers Purchasing Conference (ACPC), a charity auction was held for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The silent auction raised a great deal of money for the organization, the largest private funder of MS research in the world. The Conference also held a small raffle, with 50 cents of every dollar donated to the MS Society.
Aereos attended the conference earlier this month, and participated in the auction by donating items that were sold. Aereos employees also participated by bidding on other auctioned pieces. Private donations were also given by many in attendance to help the MS Society move closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis.
“The hardships for a person living with MS are numerous,” said Aereos Partner William Montgomery. “We are proud to support this organization because, frankly, we know how much work they do for the community of people living with this disease. Many people in our family of companies have friends and loved ones dealing with MS. It affects all of us.”
Multiple Sclerosis is an unusual debilitating disease, caused by an attack of the central nervous system by its own immune system. Nerve fibers in the body are surrounded by a fatty substance called myelin. The immune system attacks this substance and the nerve fiber within at several different points throughout the body. These many damaged areas give “multiple” sclerosis its name, as the immune system attacks several different sites.
“The MS Society is a very important organization,” stated Sherry Hosier, marketing manager at Aereos. “Personally, I have members of my family afflicted with this disease, and the work that the MS Society does for education, support, research and advocacy is amazing.”
The MS Society fundraises in many different ways, including awareness walks and bike rides and even a 5K muddy obstacle course. The ACPC charity auction and raffle raised over $13,000 in the course of twoevenings to fight this disease.
To learn more about the disease, its causes, and its four disease paths, the MS Society website is full of information: www.nationalmssociety.org/.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure.
Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS.
Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS.